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What's up with Carney's Hot Dogs?

Carney's has always been my #1 go-to place for the best hot dog in L.A. It's been quite a few months since I've been, so I went today for my chili dog fix. The chili was a good as always but the hot dog casing was so tough I had a hard time biting into it and chewing it, and the end pieces were so tough I couldn't chew them. It was during the lunch rush and they were so busy that I decided not to go to the counter to talk to someone about it.

Has anyone been there lately? I'm wondering if this was just a one-time fluke or if they have gone downhill recently--maybe they changed hot dog suppliers.

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  1. We had the same experience a few months ago. We also felt that the dogs were a little bland... I'm not really a big hot dog eater but we wanted to try this place after hearing so much about it here.

    1. Carney's used to be my go to place for a chili dogs until I had the same experience about a year ago. Ordered a chili dog for my daughter and she said it was inedible. I tried taking a bite out of it and realized it was an old overcooked dog they tried to hide under chili. Same situation...they were too busy for me to wait in line and complain.

      Went down the road to the Weiner Factory and told Kevin the owner of my experience and he said he'd never serve an old hot dog....he throws them out rather than to a customer.

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      1. re: monku

        Usually when a place is as busy as Carney's (which I love) you are least likely to encounter problems like old dog's (or old anything for that matter).

        1. re: Servorg

          that seems counter-intuitive to me.

          busy = high turnover = no old food. right?

          1. re: wilafur

            Isn't that what I said? If not then no more wine for me.

            1. re: Servorg

              HA! i need to stop with the wine. meant to reply to the OP. whoops.

      2. When a place is busy that is the best time to complain. Just walk right up to the front of the line and ask, "What is this?" So I really do not get this idea about deciding not to talk to them about selling me bad food because they wre too busy selling it to more people. On the other hand I have never had bad food at Carney's. I ate at the Sunset location about a month ago and the texture (snap) and taste was perfect as always. The bun was loikewise perfect - moist. The chili, like the dog, was the best in L.A. Maybe they dropped the ball sometimes but not anytime when I went.

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        1. re: JeetJet

          Usually I'm the kind of person to complain, but it was a Saturday afternoon at the height of their lunch hour at the Studio City location. (you try sneaking to the head of that line to complain) We'd eaten half the hot dog already and I figured the guy pickin the dogs out of the container knows if he's got a live one or not--why not cover it with chili. Never had that experience anywhere but Carneys and I consume a fair amount of chili dogs.

        2. OH my God. I just went there tonight with my 6 year old son who wanted a hot dog and of course the fun of the train.
          I bit into his hot dog for him to make sure it wasn't too hot and it tasted rotten! and old! and hard! it was disgusting. It smelled like chemical meat. I asked the guy behind the counter if he could tell me where Carneys got their meat from. He did n't know. or didn't want to tell me. or didn't want to find out. He just looked at me like I was crazy for asking. My son wanted to eat it. so I let him thinking maybe it was just my imagination.
          but my son's breath even smelled of the chemical.
          I've tried to find out who their supplier is and what is in the disgusting thing. no luck.
          As the hotdog cooled it got even harder and the skin started to seperate. ugh!
          the french fries were hard and they had just come out of the fryer. which is when french fries are the best right? wrong. I envied those who had chile on top of their auntrees. At least they were covering up what was underneath.
          Never ever ever will we go there again. somethings up.

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          1. re: janelletristan

            You really want to know you gotta do some dumpster diving. Thats what restaurants do when they want to find out info about their competitors. I found out that Johnny's Pastrami uses Vienna pastrami....I happened to be parking my car out back and noticed several empty boxes stacked out back waiting for the trash.

          2. I haven't been for maybe 3 months but everything at Carney's has always been just fine! Dogs with and without chili, burgers and everything else. Hope it was a fluke!!!